ATM bombings: 10 go on trial

2014-04-15 00:00

TEN alleged members of an ATM bombing syndicate operating in KwaZulu-Natal appeared in the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday, where they are to stand trial on 31 charges.

The case was adjourned until today while the accused finalise their legal representation.

The men face charges including three counts of murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, theft, malicious injury to property, contravening laws relating to use of explosives, as well as the unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives.

The charges arise from ATM bombing incidents that occurred at Nottingham Road, Howick, Merrivale, Greytown and Utrecht. The crimes were committed between September 28, 2012 and January 13 this year.

Police Constable Vidhur Jadu was killed during a shoot-out in Howick following one of the incidents on November 7, 2012.

At Utrecht, a woman, Bongokuhle Nkosi, and a man, Sizwe Gule, were killed on December 5, 2012.

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